Letters About Literature Writing Competition


As of September 2017, there are new entry forms and guidelines  Click here to print the new forms.

Click here for a list of 2017 winners!

Read Letters About Literature judge Rondi Frider's blog post about this competition and the importance of books in the lives of today's youth. Scroll for "What Are Kids Reading These Days?" (May 2, 2017).

New!  Teachers and students, click here for assessment information and writing samples.

See the 2016 Winners' List here.


Letters About Literature is a writing competition implemented by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, in affiliation with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress for students in grades 4-12 in which students each write a personal letter to an author, poet or playwright, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how their ways of thinking about the world or themselves have changed as a result of reading the author's work.

Students throughout Colorado are encouraged to enter the competition. The Colorado winners of Letters About Literature are recognized each spring at Colorado Humanities' annual award ceremony, the Student Literary Awards, where they receive cash prizes and other prizes.  Winners are also published in the annual Student Literary Awards Anthology.

All events are free to participate, enter and win.

Deadline for all Levels January 12, 2018.

Letters About Literature Guidelines and Entry Coupon

Letters About Literature Teacher Guide

Purchase the 2013-2016 Student Literary Awards Anthology

For more information contact Marnie Lansdown, 303.894.7951 x18, Fax 303.864.9361, lansdown@coloradohumanities.org.

If you love letters, you may also enjoy Letters of Note, a website dedicated to gathering and displaying all sorts of interesting letters, postcards, telegrams and memos.

Thank you to our Letters About Literature sponsors!